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3 Black chicks review flicks

New York : Amistad, c2002.
10/15/2002

3 Black chicks review flicks Overview

When The Diva, Bams, and Cass looked around for reviews that reflected their own experience and found hardly any, they decided to take matters into their own hands, to let Hollywood know that Blacks spend money on movies beyond Boyz 'N the Hood wannabees.


3 Black chicks review flicks Excerpt

Chapter One

The Blockbusters

Flicks That Made Bank!

It used to be a rarity for a film to make 100 million dollars. The 100 million+ list was dominated by filmmakers such as George Lucas or Steven Spielberg. These days, instead of striving for 100 million, the push is to see who can get there fastest. Titanic closed out Day 11 at 96 million and Day 12 at 104 million. It did have the advantage of opening up during the Christmas holiday season. The Sixth Sense, however, made 100 mil in 17 days -- without the benefit of a holiday. Likewise, Spider-Man and Attack of the Clones Made Bank. Check out our reviews of a few movies in the 100-Million-Dollar Club.

Big Momma's House
(2000)

RATED PG-13; running time 98 minutes
GENRE: Comedy
WRITTEN BY: Darryl Quarles and Don Rhymer
DIRECTED BY: Raja Gosnell
CAST: Martin Lawrence, Nia Long, Paul Giamatti, Jascha Washington, Terrence Howard, Ella Mitchell

All of the movies that Martin Lawrence has been in since 1992 have grossed a combined total of $598,859,831.

THE DIGEST
Malcolm Turner (Martin Lawrence) is a hotshot FBI agent who can disguise himself to look like and take over the identity of anyone. He hopes to catch a convicted bank robber and murderer who has escaped from prison and is the ex-boyfriend of Sherry (Nia Long). The money from the bank robbery has never been recovered and Malcolm is convinced that Sherry has it. In order to find out if his hunch is right, he disguises himself as Sherry's grandmother, Big Momma.

What Malcolmdoesn't count on is falling in love with Sherry and her son. Can he be objective enough to follow through on this case or will his heart get in the way?

THE DISH
I can't say that I didn't enjoy this movie. But I can say that I'm starting to tire of going to watch two hour skits of Martin, the now-defunct television show. That's basically what this was. If you've watched the show, picture a combination of Martin's mom and the old security guard and there you have Big Momma. It's the same ole same. Nia Long plays the "Nia Long Character" -- you know, the long-suffering girlfriend -- and Martin Lawrence plays, well, Martin.

I can't complain too much. It wasn't a movie with a bunch of naked hoochies; there was hardly any violence and there weren't too many curse words. There are some very funny moments, despite some jokes that kinda fall flat. But, again, I'm not sorry that I watched it.

THE DIRECTIVE
You really have to suspend reality while watching Big Momma's House. Ain't no way someone could pose as my grandma and me not know it -- even if I hadn't seen her in years. Nor could this person fool her best girlfriends, especially if she saw them every day. But if you like Martin Lawrence, you'll like this.

Yellow Light.


The Blair Witch Project
(1999)

RATED R; running time 86 minutes
GENRE: Horror/Thriller
WRITTEN BY: Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez
DIRECTED BY: Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez
CAST: Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams

The Blair Witch Project had virtually no marketing beyond the Internet. It made over 100 million dollars, mostly all on Internet hype.

THE DIGEST
The Blair Witch Project is a story about three college students who want to make a documentary about a ghost story. Local legend has it that the Blair Witch is a woman who was kicked out of town some hundreds of years earlier for trying to take blood from children. Ever since then, children and adults mysteriously disappear. If they are seen again, they are dead. Most just vanish, including the students. What we see is the footage the three students shot, which is found a year after they are presumed dead.

The three would-be filmmakers head to a little Maryland town with their cameras going all the time except for when they are asleep. The whole movie is shown from the camera angle of whoever is holding it. The camera jumps and jiggles, causing some in the audience who suffer motion sickness to toss their cookies. It's really interesting, watching the filmmakers lose their grip on reality after wandering aimlessly for days in the forest and constantly being woken up in the middle of the night. Short on food and frustrated, they begin to turn on one another. This movie gives you a peek into the psyche of these individuals during the scariest time of their lives, and it's an interesting peek indeed.

THE DISH
I love having the bejesus scared out of me without the gore. The Blair Witch Project did just that. I'm still reeling from this film. It is original and completely scary.

THE DIRECTIVE
The Blair Witch Project cast a spell on this viewer and I loved every minute of it. Some people claim this movie didn't live up to the hype. I disagree. Do yourself a favor and check it out.

Green Light.

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3 Black chicks review flicks Editorial Reviews

From Barnes & Noble

3BlackChicks Enterprises started because of a single question: "Why are there no nationally known black movie reviewers?" Two and half years ago, this enterprising trio launched their web site, and now they launch a book. The 300-plus reviews collected in this volume are emphatic, informal, and often amusing. The 3 Black Chicks, each possessing a distinctive voice, don't dote on cinema as High Art; they respond intelligently to films as entertainment.

Publishers Weekly

More Than "Two Thumbs Up" Countering that there are not enough nationally known black movie reviewers, The Diva, Bams and Cass formed their own critics' circle, 3 Black Chicks. They've gathered their reviews of "chick flicks," "late-night booty-call flicks," "movies that just plain suck" and other films in 3 Black Chicks Review Flicks: Movie Reviews With Flava! The women have unique criteria for judging a movie, among them "the Black Factor" (the presence or absence of black cast and crew members) and "the Brotha Rule" (which often applies to action films, where a black character sacrifices himself for the life of a Caucasian main character). Each entry takes up less than a page, culminating in a rating somewhere between red light (meaning "I don't think so!") and green light ("What are you waiting for?"). It's a unique and refreshing way of looking at films that should appeal to all moviegoers.


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3 Black chicks review flicks

Book Info

  • Book Format: Paperback
  • ISBN-13: 9780060508715
  • ISBN-10: 006050871X
  • Number of Pages: 384
  • Dimensions: 7.42 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 1.05 (d)
  • Approx Price: $1.99
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